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Higher Education Bids Farewell to a Staunch Ally

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 4:00 PM

Senator Frank Lautenberg was a practical progressive who based action on facts, figures, and hard-won experience. He knew first-hand, for example, the connection between a college education and a life of achievement. An enlisted soldier in World War II, he earned a degree in economics on the G.I. Bill, parlaying...

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Guns on Campus, and Beyond

(10) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 10:24 AM

It is exasperating to watch gun control reform stall in Congress. While measures such as an assault weapons ban and universal background checks represent good sense, I don't put too much stock in their power to reduce gun violence meaningfully in crime-ridden neighborhoods and troubled homes. Even if these measures...

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Moody's Is Right, and Wrong About Higher Education

(10) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 8:57 AM

This January, Moody's Investors Service issued a negative outlook for the nation's colleges and universities for the fifth straight year. The credit reporting agency's perennial gloomy forecast underscores the challenge academic leaders face daily: preserving excellence while a still-limping economy exerts downward pressure on revenues from virtually every source.

But...

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The Education After the Storm

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 2:19 PM

New Jersey's coastline, Staten Island, Manhattan, Queens, and many other areas throughout the Northeast were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The storm made landfall on October 29, 2012, and more than two weeks later, thousands still remain without power.

Some in the region have described the situation as...

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Education as Job Training Earns an Incomplete

(2) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 3:27 PM

During the last two weeks, the Republican and Democratic parties have held political conventions and released their platforms for the upcoming election. Each includes at least a bit of language on higher education policy, and, as the president of a 4-year public college, I am disheartened by some of their...

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A Step Toward Transparency, or Redundancy?

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 7:49 PM

Recently, Vice President Joe Biden led a roundtable discussion with a group of college and university presidents from some of our nation's largest institutions of higher education. The outcome of that meeting was an agreement by the leaders of 10 institutions or higher education systems to include a standardized "shopping...

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Congress Should Act to Avert Student Loan Crisis

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 6:37 PM

Absent Congressional action, the financial burden of attending college will escalate significantly on July 1. That is because the interest rate on Stafford loans -- federal fixed-rate loans for undergraduate and graduate students attending college at least half-time -- is set to climb from 3.4 percent to 6.8...

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